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Improving Your Splunk Skills

By : James D. Miller, Paul R. Johnson, Josh Diakun, Derek Mock
Book Image

Improving Your Splunk Skills

By: James D. Miller, Paul R. Johnson, Josh Diakun, Derek Mock

Overview of this book

Splunk makes it easy for you to take control of your data and drive your business with the cutting edge of operational intelligence and business analytics. Through this Learning Path, you'll implement new services and utilize them to quickly and efficiently process machine-generated big data. You'll begin with an introduction to the new features, improvements, and offerings of Splunk 7. You'll learn to efficiently use wildcards and modify your search to make it faster. You'll learn how to enhance your applications by using XML dashboards and configuring and extending Splunk. You'll also find step-by-step demonstrations that'll walk you through building an operational intelligence application. As you progress, you'll explore data models and pivots to extend your intelligence capabilities. By the end of this Learning Path, you'll have the skills and confidence to implement various Splunk services in your projects. This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products: Implementing Splunk 7 - Third Edition by James Miller Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook - Third Edition by Paul R Johnson, Josh Diakun, et al
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page

Using wizards to build dashboards

Since the goal of this chapter is understanding Splunk dashboards (and not the fundamentals of searching), we'll utilize several new simple search strings as well as some of the queries from previous chapters to illustrate certain points. So, let's start by making an operational dashboard for showing Forecast Events within our indexed data. The following is a simple search string to begin our exercise:

sourcetype="*" Forecast | timechart count as "Forecast Events" by 

This is shown in the following screenshot:

In addition to our search string, I've selected Previous Year from the Splunk presets (see the preceding screenshot).

This will produce a graph like this one:

To add this to a dashboard, we can perform the following steps:

  1. Click on Save As and then choose Dashboard Panel:
  1. This opens a dialog...